2012 Corporate Asian Women’s Leadership Forum

Born To Lead: Rising to the Challenge 

June 14, 2012


2010 Award Winners with AWIB President, Bonnie Wong, the Board of Directors, and The Hon. John C. Liu

AWIB’s Eighth Annual Corporate Asian Women’s Leadership Forum 

– Born to Lead: Rising to the Challenge was held on June 14, 2012. 


A full house of corporate Asian women listened intently as our distinguished panel of top Asian

women executives candidly shared their insights, experiences and strategies to overcome the

challenges faced by Asian women in the corporate arena.  The panelists stressed the importance of

forming strong mentor-mentee relationships, developing champions and not just sponsors, seeking

common ground with employees as well as supervisors regardless of ethnicity and gender,

recognizing and seizing advancement opportunities, and altering leadership styles to fit the needs

of individual employees.  Inspired by their stories, the audience eagerly engaged these dynamic

women in a lively Q&A session at the end of the panel discussion. The evening concluded with a

reception for networking and some one-on-one conversations with the speakers.



Wendy Cai-Lee, Senior Managing Director, East West Bank


Sharda Cherwoo, Partner, Ernst &Young

Kyung Nam-Wortman, Vice President & Human Resource Lead, Pfizer

Shachi Shah, Managing Director, Head of Funds and Advisory, Barclays

Linda Zhang, Partner-in-Charge, KPMG 


All proceeds from the 2012 Corporate Asian Women’s Leadership Forum went to the Asian Women

In Business Scholarship Fund.  Established in 2007, the scholarship promotes leadership among

Asian women undergraduate students.  Contribute to or learn more about the AWIB Scholarship

Fund here.

View Speaker Bios, and the flyer for the event.

Past Born to Lead Forums:
2011: Born to Lead: Building a Legacy
2010: Born to Lead: Empowerment in the New Decade
2009: Born to Lead: Creating Possibilities
2008: Born to Lead: Corporate Asian Women Making a Difference

2007: Born to Lead: Corporate Asian Women Trailblazers
2006: Progress Makes Perfect: Maximizing Opportunities for Corporate Asian Women
2005: Carving a Corporate Niche: Glass Ceiling Realities for Asian Women




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